Rosalind McLachlan is an artist whose practice includes sculpture, video and installation.
It was after taking part in a Mayan ceremony while conducting archaeological fieldwork in Belize in Central America that McLachlan decided to become an artist. She felt it was only through the empirical framework of art that she could explore subjective and collective human experience.
Between 2001 – 2004 she studied at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at The Slade School of Fine Art. In 2014 she graduated from the Master of Fine Art at Newcastle University. She is the co-founder of The Brewhouse Project, a radical and psychedelic workshop for contemporary artists in the North East who want to experiment working with clay.
Video plays a big part in her work, but she has always been a maker, making sculpture – totemic objects made from clay, even meteorite. She sees video as space to put her objects, as a space to cross pollinate them with ideas and things from the world.
As an artist, she is interested in alternate ways of understanding the world and human experience, both now and in the past. Her work is not an illustration of her interests however, but a means to afford others and herself different ways of seeing beneath, beyond or within scientific, philosophical and esoteric concepts.
Importantly, McLachlan does not apply systems of judgment to her subject matter, never categorising it as ‘true’ or ‘false’, ‘fact’ or ‘fiction’, preferring her work to exist liminally between such divisions.